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THE TRUE BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for January 25, 2024

It's a little Nuts

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Laura, Sam Burns, Barry Green, El Waggs, the Redhead and the rest of the gang
1/25/2024


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Tucker Carlson is threatening
to go to Canada to question the Canadian totalitarian regime. Actually, he did and you can watch his speech. We are living in such strange times. What’s so strange about each incident is the truth. Does any politician believe the truth won’t surface? Maybe they can ignore it today, but tomorrow it won’t shine? I don’t think so. Of course, that’s why they try to control the media. Hang on!

Let’s hit the news.



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NEWS FLASH OF THE WEEK—And it’s not good!
 
Drag Specialties just held their dealer show in hell I don’t know. But they announced to all of their dealers a new required waiver program. They want to sell their dealers and you performance parts, but they are now requiring any, get that ANY dealer to sign a waiver that said product will not be used on the street.

It gets worse. They can’t install them on street motorcycles. If you buy a cam from your local shop you will need to remove your license plate or hide your street bike when you buy it. It’s nut, but that’s not all. The dealer is forced to have you, the rider/builder also sign a waiver that this product won’t be used on the street.

It makes all of us criminals for nothing and why? Is it doomsday, no. Drag Specialties is covering their collective asses, so the EPA won’t come after them, so the dealers must sign. Then the dealer makes you sign so the agency won’t come after them. So, who’s on the hook. You!

We need to build the IMA right now and attempt to fight back.

--Bandit

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STURGIS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM PLANS—
 
Black Hills social media will be at the museum Tuesday at 10am to take video and photos for the upcoming press release.

Press release plan, created in collaboration with Steve Piehl. The initial release is scheduled for February 12th, avoiding the week of February 5th due to AIMExpo 2024 in Las Vegas. It will cover updates about myself, new board members, and current members.

A second release on February 19th will focus on Hall of Fame (HOF) inductees.

We plan to share news with Steve’s connections in powersports, integrated media, and local media including TV.

--Heidi Haro
Executive Director
Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame





'BIKERS AGAINST PREDATORS’ Hunts Down Pedophiles in the Heartland, Leading to Multiple Arrests

In a series of events that has garnered attention from multiple communities in the Heartland, an organization of do-gooders has demonstrated an out-of-the-box approach to stopping pedophiles. The group, which is called “Bikers Against Predators,” has been conducting operations to catch sex offenders.

The organization, which is comprised of motorcyclists, employs various methods to hunt these individuals down and aid law enforcement in apprehending them. Recently, the group proved instrumental in catching three different suspects.

There are open investigations in three Heartland communities after an organization held operations to catch sex offenders in each town.

The group “Bikers Against Predators” posted videos they say show Bootheel men who thought they were meeting with minors for sex.

These videos reportedly show men from the Bootheel region attempting to meet up with who they believed were underaged girls--but were really decoys set up by the organization.

“We are more than willing to work with any organization that’s out here trying to protect the citizens of the United States,” said Caruthersville Chief of Police Terry Privett.

Chief Privett said his department responded to a call from Bikers Against Predators this past weekend.

“Officers responded to that location, made contact with members of Bikers Against Predators and basically that organization turned over evidence to the officers that allowed them to initiate a criminal investigation against the suspect,” he said.

Now, the suspect has been charged.

According to online court records, Stephen M. Eubanks of Kennett, Missouri faces one felony count of enticement or attempted enticement of a child (actor 21 years of age or older and child less than 15 years of age) and one misdemeanor of furnishing pornographic material or attempt to furnish to a minor. His bond was set at $25,000 cash only.

In another case, the organization helped to catch a suspect in the same manner.

A second investigation happened over the weekend. 50-year-old Joseph James Craig of Dexter, Mo. is now in custody.

Bikers Against Predators called the Bernie Police Department to report property damage after Craig ran into some guide wire with his truck as he abruptly left after the group confronted him on the property of a local school.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Office, Craig is now facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident, first-degree property damage and driving while revoked/suspended. His bond was set a $10,000 cash only.

On Tuesday, another suspect was apprehended after local police received information from the organization.

McKenzie Q. Surritte, age 29, has been charged with felony enticement or attempted enticement of a child and is being held on a $25,000 cash or surety bond.

According to the probable cause statement, people working for Bikers Against Predators had contacted West Plains Police about a potential sexual predator. Bikers Against Predators is a group that locates potential sexual predators using fake accounts, typically pretending to be a minor. The group member showed police messages between the fake account and Surritte where the suspect attempted to set up a sexual meeting with the fake minor.

In post-Miranda interviews with authorities, Surritte allegedly noted he knew the person he was messaging was a 13-year-old female and asked for photos and sexual favors of the minor.

Bikers Against Predators is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in northern Indiana “that is acting against online child predators” and spreading “awareness and education to as many citizens as possible while having these predators face justice for their crimes,” according to the group’s website.

The response from law enforcement has been mostly positive, if cautionary. Kennett Chief of Police Kenny Wilson told reporters that he commends the group for their operations, “but we just have to make sure when we get these suspects we do it the right way.”

He continued, explaining that law enforcement officers “are just going to learn a lot from this investigation because it’s not normally how we like to try to do things, so we are going to see what the legal hurdles are going to be.”

These reports illustrate how members of the community can take responsibility for addressing crime where they live. However, there are complexities involved, as Wilson noted. The group is clearly doing good work, but if they happen to conduct their operations in a way that prevents the authorities from getting a conviction due to procedural matters, it could allow some of these predators to continue victimizing children.

Nevertheless, it appears the organization’s members know what they are doing. On their website, they state that they have exposed 225 online child predators “with more currently in the process.”

Bikers Against Predators provides a compelling example of how concerned citizens can address problems in their communities as long as they are doing so in a way that does not make the job of law enforcement harder. All in all, it appears this group is doing good work.

--Jeff Charles

Jeff Charles is the host of "A Fresh Perspective" podcast. He is a contributor for RedState, Newsweek Opinion and also has a Substack called "Chasing Liberty."

Jeff is also a freelance writer and political contributor who has appeared on Fox News, The Hill's "Rising," Fox Soul, Newsmax, and the First TV Network.

He enjoys reading, binging TV shows, learning to play the banjo (badly), and all things nerdy. He also believes that any steak cooked above medium rare is burnt, and an abomination.






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GREASE AND GEARS TV LIVE--

We’re thrilled to announce the release of our latest video, Rick Bray's Vasko Flyer, A Tribute To Johnny Chop!

We can’t wait for you to see it. You can watch the video now on our website Grease & Gears TV - please feel free to share it. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it. Thank you for your continued support!

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THUMP, SOUND, RYTHM AND BEAT--

I have owned three Royal Enfields. My first one was the right side gear shift 350cc with a really long silencer that met demands of police for noise and emission.

The second one was a 500cc Bullet with a similar looking silencer (muffler) but it had a connection near the engine that made it impossible to install any factory issued leg-guard except their straight rod.

I sold both of these Enfields and only last year came across a very good engine that had a right-side-gear shift. This was my first used motorcycle purchase. It came with a nice "Indore silencer" (one needs to google that, an aftermarket part)---but as luck would have it, the police, during festival of lights, Diwali, decided I was making too much noise in the city.

I deposited the silencer since there was no point arguing or negotiating --the silencer was indeed too loud for my taste as well. I managed to search and find a suitable silencer to reduce the noise levels of this 2004 model 350cc engine.

BS4 Muffler installed
BS4 Muffler installed



Search turned out a Classic 350cc blacked-out BS4 silencer that seemed to fit with the help of a bracket. Many people confuse it as an Enfield Thunderbird silencer but it's a stamped genuine BS4 silencer from Royal Enfield for Classic 350.

I guess, eventually I will shell out and make a proper silencer search. This "workaround" silencer was a truly desperate attempt to keep the Enfield running till I can patiently get hold of an ideal solution--one that satisfies the aesthetics and the cops.

I know, some may say this doesn't look too bad-- and it does not make an unwanted noise--it has a nice thump, thanks also to the 20-year-old cast iron engine---but the bracket that joins it is not ideal for long distance trips, especially out of city.

I have also since then done the PUC (emission certification) for the motorcycle and it turned out better numbers than before--but that may be influenced also by a thorough servicing that included change of oil and carburetor cleaning, etc.



BTW: the exhaust note of my Hero XPulse 200 BS6 is also quite strong since it went beyond 8000+ kms. Nothing wrong with its engine or stock silencer. It just gives a nice rumbling note as if ready for off-roads rather than the city.

A thump is a thump. Whereas the commonly seen blaring dilapidated diesel rickshaw type of muffler does not dignify the Enfield rider.

---Ujjwal Dey
International street tech
Bikernet.com™





FIRST QUOTE OF THE WEEK--

"Have more than you show, Speak less than you know." - William Shakespeare

--From Epoch Bright





SOUTH DAKOTA GUN NUT REPORT--

South Dakota: Pro-Gun Bills Pass Respective Chambers

Recently, two pro-gun bills passed their respective chambers and are now being heard in Committee.

Senate Bill 39, a measure prohibiting homeowners associations from placing restrictions on firearms and ammunition, passed out of the state Senate by a vote of 30-3. Now SB 39 has moved to the House and will be heard in the House Commerce Committee on Monday, January 22nd, 2024.

House Bill 1035, a measure extending the grace period for renewal of an enhanced permit to carry from 180 days to 12 months, passed the state House unanimously 69-0. Now HB 1035 has moved to the Senate and will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024.

Please contact your legislators and urge them to SUPPORT SB 39 and HB 1035!







THIS DAY IN HISTORY--January 25 1905. World's largest diamond found

A 3,106-carat diamond is discovered in South Africa and christened the "Cullinan." It was the largest diamond ever found. On January 25, 1905, at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, a 3,106-carat diamond is discovered during a routine inspection by the mine's superintendent. Weighing 1.33 pounds.

--Read the whole report at History Channel.com





HARLEY-DAVIDSON USHERS IN A NEW ERA OF MOTORCYCLE TOURING, REIMAGINING TWO OF THE MOST ICONIC MOTORCYCLES IN HISTORY AND SETTING A NEW STANDARD FOR THE FUTURE OF ADVENTURE ON TWO WHEELS

The All-New Street Glide and Road Glide Models Feature Exceptional Performance, Cutting-Edge Innovation, and Bold New Design

Celebrating 25Yyears of Custom Vehicle Operations, the CVO Lineup Expands with the Introduction of the All-New CVO Road Glide ST, Representing the Pinnacle of Bagger Performance, and the CVO Pan America, Fully Kitted out for Extraordinary Adventures

Harley-Davidson today revealed four new 2024 motorcycle models ushering in a new era of touring performance, technology, and design. The all-new Street Glide and Road Glide models featuring the new Milwaukee-Eight 117, are more powerful, comfortable, and lighter, and packed with advanced technology, including a new infotainment system, all wrapped up in a dramatic new visual design.

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Custom Vehicle Operations, the new CVO Road Glide ST model takes hot rod bagger performance to the next level with racing inspired high performance suspension and brakes, and a potent new Milwaukee-Eight 121 HO engine, and low final drive ratio that combine to produce the kind of acceleration and mid-range thrust aggressive riders crave. And the new CVO Pan America debuts as the first CVO offering in the adventure touring segment, ready to take on anything with a host of standard equipment all wrapped up in exclusive custom paint and finishes.

Each of these 2024 models are scheduled to reach authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships in January 2024.

The 2024 Street Glide and Road Glide models are more powerful, lighter, and more dynamic, and feature all-new visual design elements that combine a cohesive dynamic flow from the front fenders to the saddlebags.

Both models feature an evolved fairing profile that appears refreshingly modern yet retains Harley-Davidson design DNA that makes them instantly familiar. Additional key features include:

An updated Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin engine features a new cooling system which further optimizes thermal comfort for the rider and enhanced intake and exhaust flow to boost performance.

Selectable Ride Modes – Road, Sport, Rain and Custom – electronically control the performance characteristics of the motorcycle.

Infotainment technology is powered by Skyline OS and presented on a 12.3-inch TFT color touch screen that replaces all analog instrumentation and most switches. A new 200-watt audio amplifier powers a pair of fairing-mounted speakers.

Improved aerodynamics enhance rider comfort and reduce subjective helmet buffeting at highway speed by an average of 60 percent. Rear suspension travel is increased to 3-inches. A redesigned one-piece seat shape and padding materials offer a significant improvement in long-range comfort for most riders.

NEW CVO Road Glide ST Model Leads 2024 CVO Lineup

The CVO Road Glide ST is the quickest, fastest, and most-sophisticated performance bagger ever produced by Harley-Davidson and represents a unique collection of components providing high value to performance minded riders. A deep solo seat and six-inch riser paired with a moto handlebar put the rider in an aggressive, upright position with West Coast custom style.



Key features include:

Two premium paint choices: Golden White Pearl or Raven Metallic. A Screamin’ Eagle graphic on the fairing sides and fuel tank is inspired by the Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Factory motorcycles raced in the MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers series. CVO 25th Anniversary graphics celebrate a milestone in factory customization.

The Milwaukee-Eight 121 High Output V-Twin engine is exclusive to the CVO Road Glide ST model, tuned to produce 127 horsepower (94kW) and 145 lb. ft. (193 Nm) of torque – the most horsepower and torque ever from a factory-installed engine in a production Harley-Davidson motorcycle. A lower final drive ratio is selected to enhance acceleration performance in every gear.

The use of alternate materials helps reduce dry weight to 800 pounds (363 kg). Mufflers have lightweight titanium shells and forged carbon fiber end caps; forged carbon fiber composite is used to form the front fender, seat cowl and tank console; the oil pan is formed of lightweight composite; and wheel design and wave-style front brake rotors are optimized to minimize unsprung weight.

Fully adjustable front and rear suspension includes SHOWA rear shock absorbers with remote reservoirs and inverted 47mm SHOWA 1x1 forks.

Premium Brembo braking components provide outstanding braking feel and performance for added rider confidence.

Selectable Ride Modes – Road, Sport, Track, Track Plus, Rain, and multiple Custom modes – electronically control the performance characteristics of the motorcycle.

A suite of infotainment technology is powered by Skyline OS. A color touch screen replaces all analog instrumentation and most switches. A premium audio system features a 500-watt amplifier and Harley-Davidson Audio powered by Rockford Fosgate Stage II 6.5-inch fairing speakers.



The CVO Pan America motorcycle is a new vehicle of discovery and the CVO program’s first adventure touring (ADV) motorcycle. All of the features that have made the Pan America 1250 Special model a leading choice among discerning global Adventure Touring riders are retained, including the smooth-and-powerful Revolution Max 1250 engine, semi-active front and rear suspension, touch screen display, selectable ride modes, and Daymaker Adaptive Headlamp technology.

The CVO Pan America model is outfitted with a host of rugged accessories selected to enhance the journey, including Adaptive Ride Height suspension, rugged aluminum top and side cases, a Screamin' Eagle quickshifter, tubeless laced wheels, auxiliary LED forward lighting, an aluminum skid plate, providing excellent value to the adventure rider who wants it all and more.

Go to H-D.com to learn more about the complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.





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Bandit, enough with the AI generated art. It is not right and sets off cognitive dissonance within my thinking. Now I am looking at every single image each week for the tell-tale signs. Just end it already. AI cannot do art.
Keep up the good work, you're a national treasure.
Ride free!

Jay Maxey
Farmington, MN
Monday, January 29, 2024
Editor Response Thanks Jay. AI sprang onto the scene and now I don't know if a good looking babe is real or not.

A brother suggested memes to get the truth about Climate Doom and oil products across, so we've been playing.

I will speak to the AI guru.
--Bandit

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